KP snacks hit with ransomware attack
KP Snacks, purveyor of iconic British snacks such as Skips and Butterkist, has been hit with a ransomware attack threatening to impact deliveries at least until the end of March.
The company announced that Conti, an incredibly effective Russian-speaking group, is behind the attack. As is typical for the gang, they stole data in a double-extortion operation, posting “proof” of the steal on their leak site.
Better Retailing first reported the incident, claiming that the snack giant sent merchant partners a letter on Wednesday detailing the situation and highlighting their inability to safely process orders or dispatch product.
The company has issued a media statement explaining the incident.
“On Friday, 28 January we became aware that we were unfortunately victims of a ransomware incident. As soon as we became aware of the incident, we enacted our cybersecurity response plan and engaged a leading forensic information technology firm and legal counsel to assist us in our investigation. Our internal IT teams continue to work with third-party experts to assess the situation. We have been continuing to keep our colleagues, customers, and suppliers informed of any developments and apologise [sic] for any disruption this may have caused.”